You're Making These Mistakes When Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

We know, we know: Cleaning your makeup brushes can be a major pain. They take forever to wash, even longer to dry, and then the bristles start falling out. But if you were to take a black light to those un-washed makeup brushes, you'd probably never let them touch your face again. Dirty makeup brushes can even be the cause behind acne that won't go away. We spoke with Elaina Badro, internationally recognized makeup artist and the mastermind behind the Elaina Badro Brush Collection, and Lissette Waugh, founder of L Makeup Institute to get the 411 on cleaning makeup brushes (and the mistakes we're all making).   read more

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July 9, 2014  |  11:07 AM  |  COMMENT
Amazing Lipstick Looks for Dark Skin

Choosing a lipstick that works with dark skin tones can feel like a challenge. It may seem easier to stick to the plum and berry shades you know look fantastic with your complexion, instead of worrying about whether you can pull off an orange lip. (Spoiler alert: you definitely can.) But makeup --and lipstick especially, in our opinion -- should be fun, and more about what makes you feel gorgeous than sticking to a set of rules. In fact, celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose says that color-wise, lipstick options are practically limitless for dark-skinned women. We got his tips on how to wear any lipstick color with a dark complexion -- think vibrant violets, dreamy nudes, bold reds that work day and night and even an on-trend ombre look that's surprisingly easy to pull off.   read more

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July 7, 2014  |  12:07 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
8 Best Waterproof Mascaras -- and the 2 Worst

You know those heart-wrenching, soul-baring cries at the end of your favorite rom-coms? Think Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" looking for Cat with the heavens pouring down on her. Or Diane Keaton in "Something's Gotta Give," crying for days (long enough to write an entire screenplay).   See mascaras

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July 3, 2014  |  11:07 AM  |  52 COMMENTS
Stop the Presses: Kate Upton's First Bobbi Brown Ads Are Here

Back in March, Bobbi Brown announced that she had tapped Kate Upton to replace another Kate -- Katie Holmes -- as the face of her eponymous makeup line.   read more

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June 30, 2014  |   7:06 AM  |  COMMENT
12 Best Makeup Primers

Obvious foundation streaks, noticeable pores, redness around the nose -- these are all makeup blunders on par with a glaringly large flake of black pepper stuck between your teeth. Celebrity makeup artist and beauty brand founder, Napoleon Perdis, says these makeup faux pas can be avoided by adding one simple step to your morning routine: applying primer (you're on your own with the pepper though).   Get primers

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June 27, 2014  |   4:06 PM  |  209 COMMENTS
Commuter-Friendly Beauty Products You Can (Almost) Apply in the Car

No matter what time I wake up in the morning, I'm running late. Maybe it's because I insist on scrambling eggs every morning, or am trying to fit in a few phone calls before I head out the door that I always run out of time to do my makeup. Fast-forward to me digging through my makeup bag and applying eyeliner on the sidewalk, lipstick in my car (at stoplights!) and bronzer in the office elevator. Over the years, I've come to learn that some beauty products are just not meant for commuting. Enter these on-the-go beauty products that are nothing short of genius. These products come in convenient toss-in-your-bag sizes, no-mess packaging and compact formulas that are so fool-proof you could apply them without a mirror if you had to (though we don't recommend it). Pick up a few and keep hitting snooze, or stash your favorites in your desk to go straight to happy hour.   read more

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June 27, 2014  |  12:06 PM  |  COMMENT
16 Best Bronzers

We know sunbathing, tanning beds and even spray tanning can cause some serious skin issues, but does that mean we're doomed to be pale and pasty forever? Not a chance. There's still one safe way to get that golden glow, and it's in your makeup bag: bronzer.   See bronzers

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June 26, 2014  |   2:06 PM  |  88 COMMENTS
Lancôme Debuts First Lupita Ad and It's Gorgeous

Lupita Nyong'o is so special that the 15 minutes of fame rule doesn't even apply to her. The 31 year-old Ivy League grad is here to stay and diversifying her brand is going to help ensure that.   read more

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June 25, 2014  |   8:06 AM  |  COMMENT
One Direction's New Makeup Line is Coming Soon to a Mall Near You

Fragrances. Shoes. Eyewear. Makeup.

It doesn't take an accounting degree to realize that in order to mint the big bucks, a boy band doesn't really even have to make much music -- it just has to diversify and leverage its look and cachet. And, I'm here to tell you that One Direction, those five gorgeous guys from the British Isles (or their money-minded handlers anyway), have managed to do just that.   read more

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June 25, 2014  |   7:06 AM  |  COMMENT
7 Ways to Wear Neon Bright Eyeliner IRL

Switching out your boring neutral eyeliners for megawatt shades of electric purple, neon green and cobalt blue may feel out of your comfort zone, but we're here to prove otherwise. These stunning summer makeup looks are completely wearable, as long as you're applying your liquid eyeliner correctly -- which is why we enlisted the help of lead Stila makeup artist Sarah Lucero, who gave us her makeup tips for pulling off these daring shades, along with the best type of eyeliner to use for each one.   read more

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June 24, 2014  |  10:06 AM  |  COMMENT

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